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A cavity is a hole or softened spot that is found in your tooth which if left untreated, can increase in size over a period of time. Cavities have the potential to cause more severe dental problems if not treated early.
Cavities are also known as tooth decay or caries, are influenced by several factors, such as, among others, poor oral hygiene, drinking and eating foods or liquids that are high in sugar or acidic, food traps between the teeth and not cleaning your teeth regularly or as recommended by your dentist. Cavities are a common issue with people in any age group however they are more common in children and young adults,
Tooth decay or cavities are commonly found on teeth that are hard to keep clean such as teeth in the back of the mouth. Plaque and bacteria can build up between these teeth. The bacteria produce acids that damage the tooth enamel causing the cavity. It is always recommended to brush and floss teeth regularly in order to prevent plaque accumulation and cavities from developing.
The information provided is for general information purposes only and not intended to replace professional care. Please consult your physician or dentist for advice and diagnosis so you can be properly treated for your specific situation.